The press in Mexico is raising questions about the criminal charges leveled against Nelson Pérez Torres, who is jailed and awaiting trial for the murder of Royal Caribbean crewmember, Monika Markiewicz.
Ms. Markiewizc was an accomplished musician employed as a violinist aboard Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas. In February, she disembarked in Cozumel from the Allure and did not return to the cruise ship which left and sailed back to Miami. Her body was located the following day.
An autopsy determined the cause of Ms. Markiewicz’s death was "drowning" but noted that she suffered a blow to the head.
Mexican police arrested 24 year old Nelson Perez Torres, who worked at a restaurant / bar near the port. He reportedly confessed to striking Ms. Markiewicz in the head with a rock and then throwing her into the ocean, according to the chief prosecutor of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo where Cozumel is located. You can read our articles about this case below:
A newspaper in Mexico is reporting today that the case against Torres is "riddled with contradictions and irregularities." SIPSE.com reports that the "star witness" for the prosecution has not only retracted his statement but alleges that he was theatened by the police to sign the declaration. The Torres family has always contended that their son was beaten and "confessed" to the crime under duress. We previously blogged about this: Alleged Killer of Royal Caribbean Crew Member in Mexico Arrested – Family Maintains Son is Innocent
The Mexican newspaper also states that videos taken at an intersection near the crime scene, and which should depict the identity of the murderer walking with Ms. Markiewicz, have not been produced. The article also alludes that there will be defense witnesses who will testify to Mr. Torres being at a different location at the time of the murder.
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